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World Bank trims Sub-Saharan Africa growth projection

The World Bank cut its growth projection for sub-Saharan Africa this year after a tumultuous period in 2016. According to the bank, Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to grow at a moderate rate of 2.6 percent in 2017. Growth this year will be “better than the 1.3 percent in 2016, the lowest in two decades, but […]

Senegal: farmers struggle to sell over 6k tons of local rice

The Senegalese government has unveiled plans to suspend the importation of foreign rice to allow the marketing of local produced rice as more than 6,200 tons of local rice stocks are struggling to find buyers  in the west-African nation. The country currently imports low-quality, cheap rice from Asia that consumers generally prefer to the locally […]

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Senegal: Dakar’s mayor arrested over $2.85m fraud

The mayor of Senegal’s capital, Dakar, has been arrested and placed under arrest warrant after investigations by the country’s anticorruption watchdog found him guilty for embezzling public money. According to the watchdog, about $2.9m is missing in the city’s coffers. The judge on Wednesday charged Khalifa Sall with fraud, criminal conspiracy and money laundering. The […]

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Senegal-Morocco: President Macky Sall vows to beef up security over death of Moroccan student

Senegal’s President Thursday pledged to clamp down on delinquency in Dakar and around the country in the wake of the death of a Moroccan student attacked and stabbed by a group of burglars, few yards from his apartment last month. The Moroccan student, Mazine Shakiri, was preparing a doctorate in dentistry. He died of his […]

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Morocco to Become Member of ECOWAS, Another Major Regional Bloc

In a bid to boost further regional African integration and South-South cooperation, Morocco seeks the membership of the Economic Community of Western African Countries (ECOWAS), one of the major regional blocs in the continent. Morocco has informed President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, chairperson of ECOWAS, of its desire to join this regional grouping through […]

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Suspected foreign jihadists arrested in Senegal

Police in Senegal has arrested two suspected foreign jihadists in the capital city Dakar, including one who had been in contact with the mastermind of an attack on an Ivory Coast hotel a year ago. Police spokesman Henry Cisse was quoted by Reuters saying an operation in Dakar on Thursday had led to the arrest […]

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Mauritania-Senegal: Senegalese Fishermen’s Arrest Stirs Tension

Senegalese Foreign and Fisheries Ministers are expected in the Mauritanian capital to discuss the fate of dozens of Senegalese fishermen arrested in Mauritanian waters early this month. “Together with fisheries minister, we are examining the steps to take quickly in order to bring support to our fishermen arrested in Mauritania,” said Mankeur Ndiaye, the Senegalese […]

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Long-Time Ruler Jammeh Left Gambia, Emptied Coffers

Gambia’s longtime leader, Yahya Jammeh, has left the West African nation this weekend following tense negotiations. In a televised address on Saturday morning, Jammeh said it was his duty to “preserve at every instant” the lives of Gambians. “I have decided today in good conscience to relinquish the mantle of leadership of this great nation […]

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ECOWAS, a Bullwark against Dictatorships in West Africa

The (ECOWAS) has grown steadily to acquire a political and military dimension besides its role in bolstering economic integration in the region. The recent intervention of the African sub-regional grouping to pressure the long-ruling Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh to step down in recognition of his electoral defeat is but another shining example of the growing […]

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Gambia Declares State of Emergency, Parliament Backs ‘Capricious’ Jammeh

Gambia’s National Assembly has passed a resolution on Tuesday to allow President Yahya Jammeh to stay in office for three months, state television reported. Earlier on Tuesday, Jammeh who lost an election in December to opposition leader Adama Barrow, declared a state of emergency saying he would not step down before a court hears his […]

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